He may be small but your basset hound is full of energy. Being a hound he’s also got a keen sense of smell. A sense he’s eager to use at any given opportunity, whatever the situation. That means when you take him out for walks, he pulls you in every which direction as he follows a scent. This is a serious problem. There’s been numerous occasions where he’s nearly pulled you into oncoming traffic. It also makes stopping to chat with neighbors a somewhat challenging affair. He may be small, but he’s stronger than he looks.
Training him to walk on a leash is essential if you want to enjoy a relaxing walk on a weekend morning. That’s what you envisaged when you brought him home, right? Succeed with this training and you’ll also find it easier to stamp out other problematic habits.
Training any dog to walk on a leash can be a challenge, but Basset hounds can be particularly tricky customers. Although they’re sweet natured and affectionate, when their nose catches something they can be dead set on following it to the ends of the earth. This means you need to find creative ways to keep him on task. Some smelly food and treats can often do the job. You’ll use these as an incentive throughout training.
If he’s young he should be a fast learner and you could see results in just a week or two. If he’s older and stubborn then you may need a couple of months before he’s fully got the hang of it. Get this training right and your walks can return to the peaceful, calm strolls you first imagined. Not to mention training him other commands will be much easier.
Before you can start training you’ll need to get a few bits together. You’ll need a generous supply of his favorite food or smelly treats. You’ll also need to get your hands on a short, secure leash.
Although they’re small, Basset hounds can be quite strong, so it may be worth investing in a body harness too. This will increase your control and reduce the strain on his neck. You can practice training when you’re on your daily walks, so you don’t need to set aside any extra time.
Once you’ve got all of the above just bring a positive attitude and you can get to work!